When: All year round
Venue: Coastal Walk
There are a handful of incredible coastal walks across the globe, and the Bondi to Maroubra walk is definitely among them. Following the cliff tops for six kilometres, you can set off, with just you and your backpack to see some of the most jaw-dropping vistas Sydney has to offer. Think sweeping panoramas, beautiful beaches, craggy cliffs, secluded bays, boutique shopping, great eating and drinking spots, cuppa-sipping cafes, beautiful parks and even some rock pools.
If you’re based in one of our seven Randwick properties, you’re close to the action, without being in the thick of it. Located in the Eastern Suburbs, these boutique properties are only 7km from the CBD, 8km from the Airport and just 2km from Coogee Beach. The good news is – Randwick is the perfect spot to take on the coastal walk because it’s smack-bang in the centre. For example, it’s around an hour on foot from Randwick Lodge up to Bondi Beach, and again, an hour’s walk the other way from the Lodge down to Maroubra Beach.
Split it Up
There are loads of ways to configure your walk, but let’s say you kick off your adventure at ‘The Spot’ in Randwick, here’s how you could do the walk in two separate stints:
Randwick – Bondi – Coogee – Randwick: this will take you up to four hours, non-stop.
Randwick – Maroubra – Coogee – Randwick: this will take you up to three hours, non-stop.
Walk the Walk
With seven stunning beaches that make up the coastal walk, it helps to plan your peregrination. Most of the beaches have sheltered areas for picnics, kids playgrounds, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms for the sandy struggle into your swimmers. For those who want to reward themselves with some sizzling hot snags, there are free electric barbecues at Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra.
Timing and Terrain
The coastal walk is considered medium grade, and you can expect to encounter some steep gradients and staircases along the way. If you like to sit and ponder, there are some rest stops and seating as you go. Allow two hours for the Bondi to Coogee Beach segment, and then another hour and a half to Maroubra.
Weather With You
Although classified as an urban walk, The Coastal Walk is still at the mercy of the elements. If you’re not familiar with the Australian climate, namely the Australian sun – do as the locals do, and slip (on a shirt), slop (on some sunscreen), slap (on a hat), and wrap (on the sunnies). Save your precious feet and wear comfy shoes, and bring along plenty of water to fuel you while you’re in full sun. And if you’re walking in winter or the weather looks like it might turn bad, be prepared. Keep your eye out for whales between May and November, and lastly – always swim between the flags.
Back to Comfort
When you’re ready to hang your hat and rest your weary feet, it’s so easy to get back to your choice of Sydney Lodges. Whether it’s the newly refurbished Avoca Lodge, the boutique heritage of High Cross Park Lodge and Randwick Lodge, the modern rooms at Perouse Lodge and The Blenheim Randwick, or the homely comfort of St Marks Lodge and Alison Lodge, sit back with a glass of wine and scroll through your pics of the day.